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PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCKEmmaus’ Sone Ntoh ran for over 200 yards and scored three touchdowns in last week’s win over Nazareth. PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCKEmmaus’ Sone Ntoh ran for over 200 yards and scored three touchdowns in last week’s win over Nazareth.
PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCKDeonte Castro (2) had two receptions for 31 yards against Nazareth. He also came up with a fourth-quarter interception that helped seal the win for the Hornets. PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCKDeonte Castro (2) had two receptions for 31 yards against Nazareth. He also came up with a fourth-quarter interception that helped seal the win for the Hornets.

Hornets outlast Blue Eagles

Friday, October 13, 2017 by Mike Haines mhaines@tnonline.com in Sports

Needing a win to stay above .500 this season, Emmaus went to Nazareth hoping for a quick start. The Hornets got what they were looking for.

Although the Blue Eagles made it close for most of the game, Emmaus left Andrew Leh Stadium with a 55-42 that keeps it in the top five in the District 11 Class 6A rankings with three games left in the season.

“Overall we did what we had to, we came out of here with a win, which is what we desperately needed,” said Emmaus head coach Harold Fairclough. “We knew we had to get off to a fast start. Their offense is hard to defend. We knew they had playmakers all over the place, not just [wide receiver Jahan Dotson]. We had to score points every possession. That was the goal here.”

The Hornets accomplished most of those goals. While the didn’t score on every possession, they hit pay dirt on three of their first four drives and four of five in the first half. Just as importantly, they managed to stop Nazareth on its first three possessions, forcing two punts and stopping another drive with an Izaiah McPherson interception.

Quarterback Blake Reed had a hand in all three of Emmaus first-quarter touchdowns. He threw a 13-yard pass to McPherson for the first score. He hit Josh Artis for a 53-yard touchdown and then ran in from four yards out to make it 21-0 with 4:12 left in the first quarter.

But the Eagles battled back, scoring a pair of touchdowns in between a stalled Emmaus drive to get to within 21-14.

A 77-yard kick off return by Deonte Castro led to a 4-yard Sone Ntoh touchdown that put Emmaus in front 28-14 with over eight minutes left in the second quarter.

Lubens Myers capped the first half with a 14-yard touchdown run to give his team a 35-14 lead.

While Nazareth came back to get within one score three times in the second half, Emmaus answered with Ntoh touchdowns.

When Dylan Shuman intercepted the Eagles first pass of the second half, Ntoh ran in from seven yards out on the next play.

When Nazareth closed the gap to 42-35 late in the third quarter, Ntoh scored from 30 yards out to push the lead back up to 48-35. That drive started in Nazareth territory after a Castro interception.

Noah Briedinger capped Emmaus’ scoring with a one-yard run in the game’s final seconds.

“It was a huge win, especially after last week we kept shooting ourselves in the foot,” said Ntoh. “We even had our ups and downs in this game. The thing is we’re never going to stop fighting. ‘Family over everything’ is our motto and we didn’t give up on each other tonight.”

The Hornets (4-3) bounced back from last week’s loss to Freedom in which penalties hurt their chances. All three of Emmaus losses have come by seven points each.

Ntoh ran for 2068 yards in the win, while Myers, who was playing his second full game after returning from injury, had 88 yards. Reed threw for 154 yards, completing seven of 12 passes.

“We make some mistakes up front here and there but our guys take pride in blocking for Sone and Lubens and anybody else who carries the ball,” said Fairclough. “ Tonight was about pride for those guys and it showed. They played for each other and they played with some heart tonight. I’m proud of them.”

While the UCLA-bound Dotson broke free for 153 yards on seven receptions, he only found the end zone twice in the game.

“We tried to double cover him a little bit,” said Ntoh. “He’s one of the best in the country and I’m glad I got to play against them.”

The Hornets (4-3) bounced back from last week’s loss to Freedom in which penalties hurt their chances. All three of Emmaus losses have come by seven points each.

The Hornets finish the season with games against Liberty, Easton and Parkland. They are now fifth in the District 11 Class 6A rankings and would likely clinch a playoff berth with just one win in their final three games. Two wins could improve their seed and three wins to finish the season might be enough to earn a home playoff game.